BERLIN – Buildings, Structures and Other Arty Bits

In my short time in Berlin I couldn’t possibly have photographed all the interesting buildings in the City, indeed there were many amazing places I didn’t see at all.  It was just a case of typical tourist sightseeing while taking as many photos of whatever caught my attention. In this post I have been struggling to decide which buildings to show but finally I’ve decided to just show a number of photos of one particular building. More will follow in future posts.

This is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It is  one of the most famous and very popular landmark in Berlin. It was first built in the 1890s but it was bomb damaged in an air raid in 1943, and much of it was destroyed. However, some has  survived, and has been repaired and maintained as a memorial and symbol of reconciliation and a very busy tourist attraction.   Also the Church was rebuilt in the form of a number of new modern buildings, between 1959 and 1961, in a totally different style to the original.

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This is the old Church with its damaged spire (above) and the tall building on the left which is one of the new additions.

On the left of the picture above (also below), you can see the shrine that has been set up to remember the victims of the terrorist attack at this site last December, when a truck was driven into the crowd at a Christmas Market.

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The photos below show the inside of the old building, with the wonderfully ornate ceiling, walls and the beautiful mosaic floor.

 

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The photo below shows the new building for worship, on the right. It was designed by architect Egon Eiermann with very striking stained glass walls designed by Gabriel Loire. Perhaps it’s not so attractive on the outside, but on the inside it’s quite beautiful, and although I’m not religious I found the predominantly blue stained glass creating a perfect calm and contemplative environment.

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Opposite the altar on a gallery is an organ containing about 5,000 pipes (above), which was built by Karl Schuke.  Plexiglas panels have been installed over the organ gallery to improve the acoustics. I was lucky enough to hear the organ playing, you can see a person seated at it in the above photo.  I also very much enjoyed a concert of classical music here one evening, performed by the Berlin Chamber Orchestra.

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A couple of tourists inspect their photos under two modern sculptures outside the old  tower.

I hope to post more photos of Berlin shortly. Please visit my website, which has several photos of Berlin. All photos are for sale. Thank you for viewing my post.

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BERLIN – MEMORIALS AND MEMORIES

I was recently a tourist in Berlin for just a week.  Of course I took hundreds of photos, as I always do, and as all tourists do.

This, my first post on the Berlin topic is focusing on some of Berlin’s numerous memorials, museums and other history related installations that remember with courageous honesty, the stories of terrible events that destroyed so many lives, particularly in the early 20th century.

Below are some photos showing images from Berlin’s East Side Gallery. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a long section of the  remainder of the structure was utilised as a surface for murals of artists from all over the world. Millions of tourists pass this way every year, to remember, to take photos, to take selfies, to hope for the future.

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The Holocaust Memorial, below.

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Above is the Holocaust Memorial, designed by New York Architect Peter Eisenman. The site covers 19,000 square meter’s, with 2711 concrete slabs, set on a slightly sloping and uneven site. There is also has an information centre underground.  Adults wander, reflect and contemplate, while children do what children do and generally play hide and seek around the slabs.

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The Jewish museum, above, is a very innovative building with an unusual zigzag shape when seen from above, and it has narrow diagonal windows. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind. More information about the building can be found on https://www.jmberlin.de/en/libeskind-building.

The photo below shows a room inside the building.

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Outside, at the museum there is a Garden of Exile and Emigration, which is reminiscent of the Holocaust Memorial, and where children also play enthusiastically, and perhaps inappropriately.

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The brass tiles (stolperstein) that can be seen embedded into the pavements all over Berlin each remember the name and life dates of a jewish person who lived or worked in the adjacent house before falling victim to Nazi Extermination or persecution. This inspirational stolperstein art project was initiated by the German artist Gunter Demnig in 1992, and is still ongoing.

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Pondering and reflecting at the Sinti Memorial (above). This was constructed to remember the ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Nazis, of some 220,000 – 500,000 Sinti and Roma people. It’s a beautiful tranquil memorial designed by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan.

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This sculpture, “Reconciliation” was created by Josefina de Vasconcellos following the devastation of the Second World War. It is located at the modern Chapel of Reconciliation, which replaces the original structure. There are copies of this sculpture at Coventry Cathedral, in the  Hiroshima Peace Museum, and in the former border strip at the Berlin Wall.

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The sculpture above, “Balancing Act” at the Axel Springer Building was created to commemorate 50 years after the laying of the foundation stone for the building, and 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Stephan Balkenhol was the sculptor. Axel Springer SE is the largest digital publishing house in Europe.

 

Below is the famous landmark Checkpoint Charlie, the best known checkpoint between East and West Germany, before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. It is located on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Zimmerstrasse. Now a major tourist attraction, thousands, if not millions of tourists flock to see this place and have their photos taken with the ‘guards’ who will charge €3 for the privilege. The hut is a replica of the original which is now on display at The Allied Museum in Berlin.

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Looks like she found her man in uniform!

Below is the famous Brandenburg Gate, an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin,  built on the orders of  the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II. When the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, the gate became part of the wall between East and West, and it was closed. Now a major tourist attraction and a symbol of freedom for many Germans.

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Thanks for looking at my first post on Berlin. I hope to post more on this city shortly, which will focus on some of the many interesting buildings in the city. Please come back.

There are many more photos of Berlin on my website. Please take a look:

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THE MAGIC OF LIGHT

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Many times I have taken photos of the same subject, and each one is so different. Every photographer knows this. How the light quality can change the colours, the hue, the mood, temperature, and often the beauty and attractiveness of an image!

In these photos of boats at Zygi Harbour in Cyprus, A dramatic stormy sky combined with the golden light of a late winter’s afternoon offered wonderfully vivid photographic potential. The Cypriot fishing boats, which are very colourful subjects, gave added intensity to the images.

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Lots more photos of Cyprus on my website: 

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WEST KERRY SUNSETS (3)

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Sunset behind Inis Tuaisceart (Sleeping Giant)

 

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Rainbow in the light of the setting sun at Cuas 

 

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Blasket Islands

 

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Ventry Beach with view of Mount Eagle

 

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Ventry Beach

 

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Sunset behind Inis Vickillane of the Blasket Islands

 

 

WEST KERRY SUNSETS (2)

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Blasket Islands

 

 

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Emlagh, Ballyferriter

 

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Emlagh, Ballyferriter

 

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Mid-summer sunset at Ceann Seatha

 

 

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Ventry Beach

 

 

Lots more photos from the Dingle Peninsula, West Kerry, on my website:

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RURAL LIVING – JOYS AND COMPROMISES

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Yes there are so many benefits that I enjoy and appreciate about living on the wonderful Dingle Peninsula.  I love the helpful friendly people, country roads, amazing beaches, glorious sunsets, magnificent walks, clean air, space, big garden, little shops and big ones……………..

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My only complaint is my lack of decent Broadband. It would be nice to be able to view more blogs and like them etc., but some days it’s just too slow to view others’ blogs, especially those with image content.

But thankfully, today I have managed do do this post and upload a few photos, I hope you will enjoy them.

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